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Should Game of Thrones Fans Wait to Read the Books?

Nov 20, 2014

If you haven’t read A Song of Ice and Fire (of which I am guilty), I am certain you are tired of seeing “SPOILER” in an article/video and immediately having to stop viewing. It takes...

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Girls

HBO Sets Premiere Date for GIRLS, TOGETHERNESS and LOOKING For 01.11.15; Updated Now With Teasers

Nov 10, 2014

Update: This post is now bumped up to include a couple of teasers recently released. We already have the trailer for GIRLS, but now we can add ones for the other two shows coming Sundays in...

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The Newsroom

The Newsroom: “Run”

Nov 20, 2014

There is no denying The Newsroom has officially swung into full gear in the second episode of its final six-episode run. The series has never lost its edge in terms of intellectual originality...

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New Movies

The Lego Movie: Review

Nov 15, 2014

Never before has a films title song been so descriptive, that its name alone is essentially a review of the film. “Everything Is Awesome” is heard blasting throughout a multitude of scenes...

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The Newsroom: “Run”

The Newsroom: “Run”

There is no denying The Newsroom has officially swung into full gear in the second episode of its final six-episode run. The series has never lost its edge in terms of intellectual originality and hilarity, as every ensemble interacts with playful liveliness. However, the season premiere gave a foreboding sense that something of a massive scale was about to occur at any minute. Episode two delivers this collision, and it is by far the biggest we have seen in The Newsroom as of yet. The episode is filled with guest stars and familiar faces, and with good reason. This is entirely unlike any episode of The Newsroom that we have ever...

HBO Documentary Films: BANKSY DOES NEW YORK

HBO Documentary Films: BANKSY DOES NEW YORK

Overview: On Oct. 1, 2013, the elusive British street artist known as Banksy launched a self-proclaimed month-long residency in New York City, posting one unique exhibit a day in an unannounced location, sparking a 31-day scavenger hunt both online and on the streets for Banksy’s work. Capturing this month of madness, this documentary incorporates user-generated content, from YouTube videos to Instagram photos, from New Yorkers and Banksy hunters alike, whose responses became part of the work itself, for an exhilarating, detailed account of the uproar created by the mysterious artist. With installations spanning all five boroughs of New...

Should Game of Thrones Fans Wait to Read the Books?

Should Game of Thrones Fans Wait to Read the Books?

If you haven’t read A Song of Ice and Fire (of which I am guilty), I am certain you are tired of seeing “SPOILER” in an article/video and immediately having to stop viewing. It takes quite a bit of mental strength for me to turn away or click the close button because of one main reason: I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS! Yet despite the fact that answers are a few hundred pages away, I wait. Originally, I thought to myself, ‘Who cares if I decide to wait and not read the books?’ But some people do care…oh yes, they care very much. You see, I have particular group of friends that I watch the show with (because you can’t watch this...

Del Toro, Scorsese Team Up for Cortes Series

Del Toro, Scorsese Team Up for Cortes Series

Ah, drama. HBO is no stranger to the emotional roller coaster that is premium drama. Few historical moments have as much drama packed into them as that of the colonization of Central America by the Spanish in the 1500’s. The “discovery”, the betrayal, the lies and the glory are all there just begging to be put to screen. What if I told you that HBO was teaming up with Martin Scorsese (yes, that one) and Benicio Del Toro (Traffic, Snatch, The Usual Suspects) to bring you a story about the life of conquistador Hernán Cortés!?  Is that something you might be interested in?  Well, many outlets are reporting this to be...

GETTING ON: “Is Soap A Hazardous Substance?”

GETTING ON: “Is Soap A Hazardous Substance?”

By the trailer and the title of this week’s episode it appears to be Patsy-centric. It seems Nurse de la Serda will get ill or injured. Which type of affliction is it and why is he so incapacitated? Does he get sick over Dawn’s news? Does he get hurt by someone hating his lame ward-wide nonsense? Only the episode will reveal the answer, but surely we must address Dawn’s pregnancy and how it affects her and the rest of the staff. Episode #02 – Is Soap A Hazardous Substance? Wham! This episode packs a surprise alright and it is not about PatsyDe la Serda or any other lead for that matter. I struggle between revealing it here or just...

News Update: CONCERT FOR VALOR; Three Eyed Raven; Bob Dylan & More

News Update: CONCERT FOR VALOR; Three Eyed Raven; Bob Dylan & More

This writer found some little tidbits of HBO facts that you might like. They could have gotten stand alone posts, but it is just easier at this busy time to compile them in one post. Besides, we haven’t had a News Update in quite a while. If you like the type of items mentioned here then by all means type out that comment below. If we know you like them then we will make sure we keep them coming.   THE CONCERT FOR VALOR Did you catch the Veterans Day concert on the National Mall? It is on HBOGo if you haven’t but here is a bit of what you missed. The lawn of the Mall was packed, as expected, with families and veterans alike all there to...

HBO Confirms: Westworld will have 2015 Air Date

HBO Confirms: Westworld will have 2015 Air Date

Are you the type of person who thinks The Leftovers is just “too straghtforward”? Well, you might enjoy the mind games that HBO is playing with fans who are eager for any and all news about their upcoming series: Westworld starring… well, everybody.  And by everybody we mean: Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Evan Rachel Wood and more!  Need more convincing?  How about Jonathan Nolan and J.J Abrams at the helm?  Okay, you’re in– good. Some have been worried about HBO’s 2015 schedule with Boardwalk Empire, The Newsroom and True Blood all going dark in the coming year. Westworld was dubbed...

Wedding Bells to Ring Again In Game of Throne Season 5?

Wedding Bells to Ring Again In Game of Throne Season 5?

[Warning: Dance with Dragons/ Season 5 Spoilers throughout] By now, seasoned fans of Game of Thrones know that weddings in Westeros are rarely good news, but with Season Five quickly approaching, viewers may get more than they bargained for. The good-natured war between readers of A Song and Ice and Fire and show-only watchers recently reached a new high when rumors began to circulate that everyone’s favorite sword-wielding Arya Stark would be marrying the depraved Ramsay Bolton in the next in the next season.  While many confused show-watchers quickly nixed this theory, observing that Arya had last been sighted on boat to Braavos, while...

Sex and the City Season 7? — “All Bets are Off”

Sex and the City Season 7? — “All Bets are Off”

Like an ex boyfriend who you dumped for all the wrong reasons, Sex and the City keeps a niggling place in our hearts as one of the great television experiences of the past 20 years.  After season 6 ended in 2004, news quickly broke of a Sex and the City movie followed in short order by a second, less favorably reviewed Sex and the City movie. But what about Sex and the City season 7? Could we really be returning to The Big Apple for another adventure with Carrie and the Gang?  Impossible, right?  Think again, SatC fan. Micheal Patrick King, creator of Sex and the City and HBO’s comeback series: The Comeback has been promoting the...

The Lego Movie: Review

The Lego Movie: Review

Never before has a films title song been so descriptive, that its name alone is essentially a review of the film. “Everything Is Awesome” is heard blasting throughout a multitude of scenes in this spectacular Lego based Comedy. Upon initial view, this film could easily be dismissed as being merely an “advertisement for Lego” but anyone stuck in that thought process is wrong on every level. The film is not only hilarious, but it also has interesting messages about finding your inner child. It has strong elements of satire with the amazing send-up of “The Heroes Journey” trope, and yet it still manages to tug on your heartstrings...

HBO Boxing for Saturday 11.15.14: Klitschko vs Pulev & HBO Latino Bouts

HBO Boxing for Saturday 11.15.14: Klitschko vs Pulev & HBO Latino Bouts

HBO has a very late addition to schedule this weekend with an afternoon showcase featuring the legitimate heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko against a typically game but over matched opponent in Kubrat Pulev. For those not in the know, Klitschko has been the most dominant heavyweight in the sport since Joe Louis.  This is partially due to his superior work ethic, talent and genetics as well as the historically soft division which has seen him beating up fighters whose best days were in the 1990’s along with prospects that will never be near the same level as Wlad.  You can expect a big knockout but try not to fall asleep before...

TRUE DETECTIVE Adds Two More Names to Second Season

TRUE DETECTIVE Adds Two More Names to Second Season

Lolita Davidovich (pictured) and James Frain have been added to the sophomore season of TRUE DETECTIVE. That ups the quantity of notable names to the series considerably. In the inaugural season we were content with only three popular actors among the outstanding cast. They were, of course, Woody Harrelson, Matthew  McConaughey and Michelle Monaghan. Then we waited with baited breath for announcement of which stars would appear in season two. Lo and behold we learned that Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch and Rachel McAdams filled the roles. Then noted actor Vince Vaughn snagged the villain role. Surely, that sounded like a workable cast for the...

The Ironborn, the Iron Islands & Game of Thrones Season 5

The Ironborn, the Iron Islands & Game of Thrones Season 5

Winter is coming, but the Ironborn storyline may not be—at least anytime soon. As the long wait between Game of Thrones seasons stretches into the cold months before Spring, fans find solace wherever they can— reading the series that inspired it all, re-watching past episodes, or dissecting on-set photos that give viewers an amuse-boucheof what is to come. In the past few weeks, those who have indulged in the spoiler-rich feast of leaked pictures have seen that Season 5 seems to have a heavy focus on Dorne and Mereen. Already, changes from the book series can be seen in the upcoming season, from Tyrion’s rendezvous with Daenerys to...

HBO Documentary Films: THE LAST PATROL

HBO Documentary Films: THE LAST PATROL

  Overview: A few years ago, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sebastian Junger (Academy Award nominated Restrepo) planned a walk from Washington, D.C. to New York City along Amtrak railroad lines with his close friend, acclaimed war reporter Tim Hetherington. After Hetherington was killed covering the Libyan civil war in 2011, (reported in the HBO documentary WHICH WAY IS THE FRONT LINE FROM HERE? THE LIFE AND TIMES OF TIM HETHERINGTON, by Junger) Junger decided to take the same trip, joined instead by a Spanish photographer who was at Hetherington’s side when he died and two combat vets they’d known in Afghanistan. Chronicling their...

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